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Ok here is the point. We have to go back in time and context. Sex Pistols have one official album and 3 official years of existence. This probably the shortest career of a punk band. But what they did was pure honesty. And if you put it in the period and political state of England. They were the first band that ever did it with such "straight in your face" than the Pistols did. After 30 years, they are know all over the world. And keep in mind they never went mainstream and radio friendly like all those new poser bands did: Offspring, Green Day, Good Charlotte. They are all sold out and use punk only for the attractive side of the thing. But they are nothing else than rich kid making money with major record labels. PISTOLS RULES. Simple like that.
These guys were the typical punk band, controversial, like a good band should be!
Okay I must say, sex pistols are the ultimate punk band, they are punk. I think they should be number one forever. Green day have nothing on the sex pistols. Nobody better than the legend sex pistols
Don't you guys know that it goes: 1) Sex Pistols 2) Clash 3) Black Flag 4) Ramones 5) The Stooges 6) Misfits 7) Social Distortion 8) Dead Kennedys 9) The Distillers 10) Green Day... I include Green Day even though I think of them as a modern rock band, because they introduced a new generation to punk. I also like Billy Talent and LOVE Rage Against the Machine (but those bands are too fringe for me to consider "pure punk")
The Sex Pistols are everything that punk should be. Controversial, good image, and just plain offensive. Also I love that Sid Vicious had no musical talent but is still the face of punk and one of the most famous rockstars ever. If you look at any new band that calls themselves punk all of them take things from Sids image. Most modern "punk" tries to be too mainstream to ever be as good as the Pistols
Here are many bands that are not even punk, Who will apply? But it definitely was crazy to do so, sex pistols are definitely the kings of punk and the Ramones, don't understand why they are not at the first in this poll
The Sex Pistols are major influences on the other punks that follow. They took all of the scattered ideas that existed before them and combined them to make a band that defined what punk was and should continue to be. They didn't come up with all of the ideas behind the punk movement but they took them all and wrote music that perfectly expressed punk.
Sex Pistols had the nerve to go against the law and not care about anything. They were artists who did it for the sake of art and they did practical things like "god save the queen" boat show. They didn't even care if their concerts were being cancelled, they did what they felt like doing and that's what punk rock is all about.
When you think about punk, REAL punk music, what name will came up? Sex Pistols. When you think about punk attitude, what name will came up then? Sid Vicious. These are punk legends, and yet those punk imposters are standing above them simply because people don't understand the meaning of punk.
I just saw that many people thought : My Chemical Romance;Escape the fate and Artic Monkey were punk rock band. Actually, They're not punk bands, those are emo, metal, and Brit rock.
So I can think that why Sex pistols not the number 1 of punk band.
Cause their ignorance.
Punk Punk Punk. Down load green day on Itunes and they come up as Rock or Alternative as most of the bands in the top 10 probably will. Punk rock shouldn't be on main stream radio stations if it is then its probably not punk rock it'll be sum sell outs version of punk ( so f--k off you c--k sucking sell outs ) :-0
They have the attitude, ain't boybands like these bands above.
Real punk rock legends. Ain't pretending because they just are born to be punks. SEX PISTOLS FTW. If they made more albums, trust me, they would be number one. When Billie Joe sings in fake British accent, SEX PISTOLS is the reason.
The Class of 77 kings and true punks. Most of the other bands here are punk-pop or mall punk bands, great for kids hanging around the food court in their Hot Topic tee shirts. You know the bands... Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Simple Plan, New Found Glory and even Green Day (who I like).
The original punk rock band from England. Possibly one of the most controversial bands ever. Without John, Steve, Paul, Glen and Sid you would not have your Green Day or Blink 182. This is a PUNK list not a pop punk list! Sex Pistols will live on forever.
Please don't include any pop-punk band in this top 10. For you flawless people, this is the worst top 100 punk bands I ever see, where the spirit of the "punk" in everybody? You people are now more to mainstream-pop medium or what? All hell I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Yeah um my chemical romance, fall out girl (hah see why I did there..) and stupid all American rejects are called POP PUNK also called mainstream aka crap so um, yeah. No even the arctic monkeys are a better punk band. An by the way SEX PISTOLS invented punk! They're legends!
Power, intelligence and honesty. No comparison really. There are lots of great bands but the vast difference bewteen the like of the Pistols, the Damned, etc was it wasn't a fashion, it was real. Nowadays most so called punk bands are just pretenders going thru a phase.
This is an absolute disgrace, The Sex Pistols led the punk movement. Johnny Rotten was the voice of Punk, Sid Vicious the attitude of punk.
The fact that people voted Green Day as number one has shown that Punk has lost it's way. Green Day are commercialized sell outs and have gone corporate.
The Pistols are the bass line for punk. In any context. The are loads of boss punk bands out there, absoulutley. Also if you ask them who they are most influenced by, nearly half would say Pistols. So there my friends is your answer to who should be numero uno.
It's a huge shame that over half of this entire list is pop-punk. That's completely different. I'm not one of those people who say "The Sex Pistols were the only real punk band and everything else is fake, " but seriously? Sum 41? Blink 162? SIMPLE PLAN? They have NEVER been punk.
I didn't even know Rise Against is a punk band... Honestly, the Sex Pistols and The Clash are the best punk bands you will ever come across. Why? Because they were two of the biggest influences in punk. Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious gave punk it's name. Get some sense.
@09Roberts... After reading your comment, I literally laughed out loud. As if you're dad agreeing with you in some way makes your vote more justifiable... And because the sex pistols redefined Punk... err defined punk.
Honestly, I love the Sex Pistols but they're not my favorite punk band. But I agree that they're the best punk band ever. They are the reason for popularizing punk in the first place. Plus they did it in such a short time.
How are the bands above, better than the Pistols? They started the punk feel and their songs are what punk songs should be about! Pistols should be on top... Absolute disgrace
Sex pistols are 'punk', not green day, blink 182 or My Chemical Romance. Punk was a rebellion, they were anti everything, they had nothing... So what do these other bands stand for now?! They are millionaires!
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